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A Year and Decade in Review

Welp, we’ve passed the Winter Solstice, and in just a few hours we’ll be saying goodbye not just to 2019, but to the 2010’s. I’ve never been a resolution maker but I do like to look back on what I’ve done, what I wanted to do etc. So where are we (the royal we)? The 2010’s saw the birth of my professional writing career. Technically I’ve been paid for my writing for years, as a copy and tech writer, a resume writer, etc. But fiction, that’s new. Plus I stopped selling my non-fiction writing services years ago. If you’d asked me ten years ago if I thought I’d be a writer that makes money I’d have laughed. If you’d asked if I thought I could ever make a living as…

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Merch

Apparently, I’m on a theme right now. Today’s post is about “stuff” aka “Merch” Two weeks ago I didn’t have any. I had my stickers, as part of my branding efforts and some shirts I’d quickly ordered for Nicole and me to wear to events, and that was it. Then I had a reader (Shoutout to Shawn Smith!) say he’d love stickers and a shirt. I threw a few of each sticker in the mail but had nothing to offer for shirts. I knew for sure I didn’t want to warehouse shirts at my house and fulfill orders. I mean in a perfect world I’d sell hundreds of shirts a month and it’d be a horrible money-making nightmare, but the reality is likely I’d sell a few and sit on…

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Branding

So I’ve made it through almost all of my in-person stuff. Rocky Mtn Con – Check MileHiCon – Check CO Country Christmas Gift Co-Op – Check Local Author Happy Hour – Check Barnes & Noble local author event – Coming soon.   As part of these activities, I’ve been working on branding over the last few months.  Stuff I can hand out, stuff I can have at my booth with me. Right now that includes; T-Shirts for Nicole and me, two banner signs, a table runner, business cards, and two versions of stickers (One is above). The table runner was a last-minute (and expensive rush shipping) idea but glad I got it. As you can see the provided linen at Rocky Mtn Con wasn’t very big. Overall I’m happy with…

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Space Rogues book 1

It’s NanoWriMo Time!

That’s right, November 1st. Time to write. Ok, sure every day is technically time to write, especially if you’re a writer. NaNoWriMo, in case you don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is straight forward. Write 50k words, in 30 days. I saw a blog post about how NaNo launched a career and thought I’d share my own “How NaNoWriMo launched my career” post. I’ve participated in NaNo off and on for about a decade. I’ve only (so far) ‘won’ once. In 2016. That was Space Rogues. The idea is you write 1667 words a day. That’s great, then you miss a day, now you need to write 3334 words. It’s thanksgiving, you see family, etc, skip writing a few days, and now you have to write 6668…

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